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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Project Daedalus records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0183

Scope and Contents of the Collection

These records were assembled by Jack Kerrebrock, associate dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering. They contain proposals and planning documents, solicitations for support from government agencies and corporations, and project reports. Correspondence, background materials, memoranda, design plans, and reports document the construction and test flights of the human powered aircrafts Michelob Light Eagle and Daedalus 88. Also included in the collection are photographs, motion picture film, correspondence, news clippings and other publicity about the flights.

Dates

  • 1985-1989

Creator

Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Historical note

The Daedalus Project was organized in 1985 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics to design, build, and fly a human powered aircraft. One goal was to use the aircraft to recreate the mythical flight of the ancient Greek engineer, Daedalus. The prototype aircraft, Michelob Light Eagle, made test flights in January 1987. Daedalus 88 successfully flew from Crete to the island of Santorini on April 23, 1988, setting a world record for human powered flight of 72.44 statute miles. John S. Langford was the project manager.

Extent

4.5 Cubic Feet (3 record cartons, 4 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Daedalus Project was organized in 1985 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics to design, build, and fly a human powered aircraft. The prototype aircraft, Michelob Light Eagle, made test flights in January 1987. Daedalus 88 successfully flew from Crete to the island of Santorini on April 23, 1988, setting a world record for human powered flight of 72.44 statute miles. The collection includes proposals and planning documents, solicitations for support, correspondence, project reports, and design plans. Also included are photographs, motion picture film, correspondence, news clippings and other publicity about the flights.

Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.
Title
Preliminary Inventory to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Project Daedalus Records
Status
Ready For Review
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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